As the eldest of 11 kids, Chicago native Aaron R. White (BFA, Dance, '11) assumed from an early age that higher education was out of reach. Passionate about dance, he sent in college applications but didn't expect to enroll.
Not only was he admitted to the University of Illinois Dance program, but he was also awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.
"Being able to attend Illinois, and being exposed to so many types of people, ideas, and a broader cultural understanding, opened up my world in a huge way," he said. "It opened up my life to what is possible."